Yi nuo qian jin
A very trustworthy person will always do what he has promised.
During the early days of the Western Han Dynasty there was a man named Ji Bu. He was upstanding and honest and was very concerned about honor and justice. Whatever he had promised he would think of a way to do it. For this reason he had a very good reputation.
Ji Bu had served as a general in the service of the lord of the western state of Chu. When the state of Chu and the Han empire were at war he defeated the Han king Liu Bang several times. When Liu Bang became emperor, he ordered the arrest of Ji Bu.
There was a man, who’s surname was Zhou who admired Ji Bu’s character very much. When he heard that the imperial guards intended to arrested Ji Bu he secretly sent Ji Bu to the home of a peasant named Zhu in Lu to protect him. In addition, Zhu’s landlord made a special trip to Luoyang to find the officail Lord Teng and ask him to request mercy for Ji Bu.
The Lord Teng also deeply respected Ji Bu’s character. He gave Liu Bang a detailed narrative of all the things Ji Bu had done and other’s opinions of him. Liu Bang listened and felt that to execute such a man would be a real loss. He issued and order declaring Ji Bu pardoned and commissioning him as the governor of Hedong province.
As a governor, Ji Bu remained loyal to his friends and did justice for the needy. He also respected wise advice and whatever he promised to the common people he always performed. Because of this everyone said, “A promise from Ji Bu is worth more than a thousand liangs of gold.”